Friday, February 26, 2016

The Impossibility of Black Citizenship

"Under the direction of Daniel Alexander Jones, this production of Gem of the Ocean employs the theatrical jazz aesthetics that rest on “the break”—the jazz space where improvisation happens, where the unknown is sought, where Black life is allowed to flourish free of externally imposed sanctions. This fertile space of new possibilities is precisely what the present moment of racial turmoil demands."

Black Mary (Omoze Idehenre), Aunt Ester (Margo Hall), and Eli (David Everett Moore) in anguish over their friend, Solly Two Kings (Juney Smith), being shot. Photo by Kevin Berne
Marin Theatre Company's dramaturg, Dr. Omi Jones, commentary on the company's production of August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean is a must read. Check it out here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Oscar winner LUPITA NYONG'O stars in ECLIPSED on Broadway (Previews begin 2/23)


Win tickets to see the show here.

ECLIPSED is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. They forge a close-knit community... one that inspires them to feats of increasingly greater strength. Directed by South African-born LIESL TOMMY (The Good Negro, Appropriate). Written by Zimbabwean-American playwright and actress DANAI GURIRA (star of AMC's "The Walking Dead" and co-author of In The Continuum). ECLIPSED is a stirring tale of hope, humor and resilience—and the only new play by a woman on Broadway this season. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.EclipsedBroadway.com

Monday, February 15, 2016

James A Tyler's DOLPHINS AND SHARKS, Friday, February 19th (New Jersey)


SPECIAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH FEATURE 
*ONE NIGHT ONLY* 
NEXT Blackboard: FRIDAY, February 19, 2016 
7:30pm 
Art House Productions 
136 Magnolia Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306


To learn more, please click here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

4th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival

Welcome to the 4th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival (CBTF) 2016 Each year the Columbus Black Theatre Festival brings to the capital city of Ohio original plays that pertain not only to the African American community but society at large and 2016 will be no different. If you are interested in submitting your play to the 4th Annual Columbus Black Theatre Festival, now is the time. The CBTF will be accepting original plays for consideration from playwrights starting October 31, 2015 through February 28, 2016 for the July 8-10th, 2016 festival. We will notify the winners selected by March 15, 2016 by email and telephone. The CBTF is a self-producing festival which provides a full-service, supportive platform.... See more https://www.facebook.com/events/1670484803208837/

Horizon Theatre Company in ATL

New South Play Festival Mission The New South Play Festival has been dedicated to producing new plays from, for, and about the contemporary South since 1999. The Festival focuses on new plays by writers who live or have roots in the South, creating stories that our relevant to our community today. The Festival is particularly interested in plays by women and African Americans. Submission Policy We accept the following types of submissions: Agent submissions that meet our mission Previously professionally produced plays that meet our mission For plays with no previous professional productions, the play must meet the mission of the New South Play Festival We do not accept submissions of unproduced plays by individual writers that do not meet our New South Play Festival mission If your plays meet one of the criteria listed above, please submit the following to submissions@horizontheatre.com (scripts are only accepted electronically): Name, cover letter addressing how your play fits with our mission, brief bio and/or resume One-page synopsis including brief description of the play, character breakdown and setting. 10-page dialogue sample from the script If we are interested in further exploration of the play, we will request a full script (please do not send a full script with your initial inquiry). http://www.horizontheatre.com/get-involved/play-submissions/ Please submit your work to us only if it meets our mission statements. You will receive an electronic acknowledgment of receipt of your materials. After that, we will be in touch ONLY if we are interested in reading the entire script.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Submissions in Fort Worth, TX

Jubilee Theatre creates professional productions which reflect the African-American experience. Jubilee Theatre is committed to producing new works which help further the mission of the theatre. As a result, we do accept play submissions from established and new playwrights. Season planning begins in January of each year and is usually concluded around mid-April. The best time to submit scripts is the beginning of each year. We ask all playwrights to submit the following in order for Jubilee to consider a script: Letter of intent (no more than 500 words) addressing how the work reflects the African-American experience. Resume, including contact information. The full script. Stamped, self-addressed post card if you want to receive acknowledgment of receipt. Your application should include ONLY the above materials and be mailed to: Glenda Thompson, Managing Director Jubilee Theatre Play Submissions 506 Main Street Fort Worth, TX 76102 Applicants may be contacted and asked to supply other plays they have written, references, and/or other materials. Please note: Due to the large number of scripts that Jubilee receives, we are not able to respond to or provide feedback for playwrights. No phone calls please.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Submitting Your Scripts to SOHO - England

SUBMITTING YOUR WORK TO SOHO THEATRE We are looking for unique and unheard voices – from all backgrounds, attitudes and places. There are no thematic, political or philosophical constraints and though we love to produce a writers’ first play, we have no objection to your second, third or fiftieth. We are looking for work that: • Can move people to laugh, cry, argue, protest, celebrate and act • Resonates in the world today • Is inherently theatrical and live • Is risk-taking, brave and visionary We only accept submissions via email. Please send your script as a PDF or Word attachment to submissions@sohotheatre.com. Your play will go directly to our Artistic team. http://www.sohotheatre.com/writers/resources/script-reading/

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mother Courage and her Children opens Dec 9th (NYC)


To learn more please click here.
To buy tickets, please click here.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Save Funding for Black NYC Theatre



SAMPLE LETTER 
(Date) 
Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner

Edwin Torres, Acting Commissioner 
Cultural Institutions 

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs 
31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor 
New York, NY 10007 

Dear_____________________: I am writing to urge the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs to reconsider/restore funding) of theatre’s Historic Black Theatre Organizations. My concerns focus on but are not limited to the drastic cuts in funding and/or de-funding of the Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre and the Roger Furman New Heritage Repertory Theatre Company. They bring awareness, education and entertainment to the Black Community and the City at large. National and international partnerships have promoted culture exchange through internship, performances, productions and special events. 

For these reasons I urge the Department of Cultural affairs to restore funding to these organizations that lay the groundwork for awareness, education, employment, community involvement, entertainment and more. 

Thank you for your attention to matter. 

Sincerely, 

(Your Name) 

Cc: Honorable Bill de Blasio 
Mayor of the City of New York 
City Hall 
New York, NY 10007